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Structural and Materials Testing

Overview of Services

The Structural and Materials Testing Lab is one of the largest, best-equipped facilities of its kind in the country. The lab’s ability to perform both full-scale, but also component and material testing, sets it apart. Most institutions must rely on numeral research with small-scale testing; but the CIR allows researchers to go one step further and conduct research on structural elements and systems similar to those put into service. Unique aspects of research performed in the Structural and Materials Testing Laboratory includes: full-scale testing of bridge support components, such as bent caps and girders; railroad rail fatigue testing under combined axial tension and bending; large-scale burst testing of service-damaged petroleum line pipe; scaffold and shoring proof-testing; seismically resilient bridge columns with sliding-rocking segmental joints; damage-resistant bridge columns using novel polymeric materials in damage-prone locations; and seismic performance assessment of structures accounting for environmental conditions and aging effects.

Getting Started

**For TAMU individuals: First-time users should click "Register" in upper right.  Returning users will click "Sign In"

**For Non-TAMU individuals: Before you register, you must be assigned an External PO Number.  Please complete the External PO Document and return to core director, Kirk Martin.

Leadership

●       Dr. Pete Keating – Lab Director

●       Charlie Droddy – Lab Manager

 

Location and hours of operation

Hours      Location

Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM 

     Center for Infrastructure Renewal, Texas A&M RELLIS Campus

Links and Resources

  1. High Bay Structural and Materials Laboratory

Contacts

Name Role Phone Email Location
Charlie Droddy
Core Director
 
(979) 317-1210
 
cdroddy@tamu.edu
 
Center for Infrastructure Renewal, Texas A&M RELLIS Campus
 

Available Equipment and Resources

Actuators (3)
Load Frames (7)
Other (4)

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